Take Advantage of LADWP’s Consumer Rebate Program
Attic insulation is a very important part of your home’s make-up, but often gets neglected because it’s in the attic and out of sight. Properly installed attic insulation retains the heat that rises and travels up through your home, helping to regulate and maintain a cozy and comfortable temperature throughout the seasons all year long. Shabby, shoddy DIY, or just plain poor craftsmanship can sabotage the vital role that insulation plays in your household. But you make a big difference in your home and take advantage of LADWP’s Consumer Rebate Program when you install new attic insulation in your attic.
Why install new attic insulation?
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Sometimes tasks like attic insulation get put off because home maintenance and care can be very time consuming- especially if you try to take on too much. To successfully assess, install or replace attic insulation you have to make a big time investment. Of course it all depends on the size of your space and your needs, but a team of pros can get the job done quickly- usually in about 2 hours! But professionals already have the necessary training and experience in the techniques required. For an inexperienced novice, an attic insulation project could take weeks. Rather than try to tackle attic insulation on your own, contact a professional team.
Another reason to address attic insulation is that there are hazards and risks involved. Some types of damaged insulation can become health hazards to you and your family. Attic spaces are commonly invaded and infested by rodents. Insulation is often contaminated with rodent droppings and urine that carry infectious diseases that can even become airborne! Learn more about the unseen health hazards that could be contaminating your insulation.
Whether you’ve lived in your home for a few years, or twenty years, it’s a good habit to routinely check your attic insulation every three calendar years. Unless you have a major event take place, like flooding, or suspect rodent activity- then check immediately to see if the insulation has been compromised!
How much does new insulation cost?
You’re probably wondering, how much will this cost me?
Properly ball-parking the cost of insulating your attic begins with identifying the square footage you want to cover. To calculate the footage of the space you want to spray, multiply the area you want to insulate by the depth in inches. The formulas looks like this: sq. ft. x depth in inches = board feet. Here are estimates for different types of insulation:
- Closed-cell spray foam- is generally $1.00 – $2.00 per board foot
- Blown-in insulation- will be about $1,500 to $2,000 for an average 1500 square foot home
- Fiberglass insulation- per square foot is between $0.64 – $1.19. For a professional job, factor in approximately $150 to $300 for labor, and the total will be around $300 to $500.
- Blanket, block and reflective insulation- depending on the type and brand used, and whether you select rolls or boxed, the average square foot will cost about 15 to 30 cents. For professional installation, tack on an additional $500 to $750 for time and labor.
- In general, a good estimate is that when insulating walls, plan for at least $1 per foot. Similarly, when insulting a roof and attic, you can plan spend about $1,300 to $2,000 total for the entire professional job.
Are you experiencing sticker shock? Don’t worry- the consumer rebate program can put up to 80% of that money back into your pocket! Depending on the state of things in your attic, the insulation may not need to be replaced. You may opt for an attic deep cleaning and sanitizing which will eliminate dust, mold, and other allergens that can damage your attic insulation. This proactive step can extend the life of your current attic insulation. Quality attic cleaning generally costs about $1.50 per square foot on average.
What is the LADWP’s Consumer Rebate Program?
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The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power serves over four million residents in the Los Angeles area and is very committed to helping the community take steps towards sustainable and eco-friendly living. As the largest service provider of water and power in the U.S., the LADWP is a leader in educating its residents about the benefits of investing in quality appliances and home improvement projects that will save both money and energy.
The LADWP Consumer Rebate Program is basically an incentive system. It rewards residents with cash back for purchasing recommended energy-efficient appliances or completing energy-smart home improvement projects. You’re essentially get paid for making smart choices that benefit you as the homeowner anyways!! You’d be crazy not to jump on board with this consumer rebate plan!
How the LADWP Consumer Rebate Program Works
Before you get ahead of yourself and make any big purchases or schedule significant maintenance work, LADWP strongly advises that you check out the list of qualifying items and requirements for the consumer rebate program.
As you plan your attic insulation project, you will learn there are actually many types of insulation to choose from:
- BLANKET INSULATION: Made of Fiberglass, Mineral wool, Plastic fibers, or Natural fibers, this inexpensive type of insulation is most commonly used on unfinished walls.
- CONCRETE BLOCK INSULATION: Usually used on new construction, concrete block is a foam requires special skills, and should not be attempted as a DIY project.
- RIGID FOAM INSULATION: Acceptable for unfinished walls and floors, rigid foam is made of Polystyrene, Polyisocyanurate and Polyurethane materials.
- LOOSE-FILL AND BLOWN-IN INSULATION: Probably the most common home insulation, loose-fill style insulation is really handy for hard to reach places, such as an enclosed existing wall or unfinished attic floors. It is literally blown or poured in using special equipment- you’ll need a contractor for this job!
- REFLECTIVE SYSTEM: This insulation’s bubble-form can be ideal if your framing is off-kilter or if obstacles are in the way.
Your first step is determine which type is right for your project and cross-check it with the list of qualifying materials for the attic insulation consumer rebate program. You’ll need the certificate of product rating from the manufacturer.
Next, purchase and install your new attic insulation. Be sure to take before and after photos of your project, you’ll need them later! Contact your local team at Green Rat Control for speedy and professional installation services. They are licensed and are approved contractors for the consumer rebate program. Don’t forget to save your receipts and invoices as proof of purchase!
After your project is complete it’s time to hop onto LADWP online and complete the application for the consumer rebate program. There are clear, easy to follow instructions. It won’t take more than ten minutes!
Start your online application today!
Or if you prefer snail mail, you also have the option to download a PDF version of the application and mail it in LADWP.
Download the Consumer Rebate Program Application PDF and mail it in ASAP!
Whether you do the online application, or hard copy, you will need to attach several supporting documents to the application. Here’s a list of what you’ll need:
- PAID itemized invoice
- Installation contract with licensed contractor, if insulation materials not installed by applicant
- Certificate of product rating by manufacturer
- Pictures of the attic before and after the installation of the attic insulation
If you’re doing the online application, you can electronically scan these supporting documents or upload pictures of them and attach them to your application.
Think this application is starting to sound like work? It is definitely worth it! Residents can be reimbursed up to $1.00 per square foot, roughly 80% of total costs! This deal is amazing, which is why you shouldn’t wait to take advantage of LADWP’s consumer rebate program.
Start saving money and begin your attic insulation home improvement project with Green Rat Control today!